Sunday's streaking and slumping starting pitchers
Matt Cain, San Francisco Giants (9-2, 2.34 ERA)
Cain followed his perfect game with an OK showing, giving up three runs over five innings against the Angels. The Giants righty has won eight straight starts and has allowed one or fewer runs in five of those outings.
R.A. Dickey, New York Mets (11-1, 2.00 ERA)
Dickey hasn’t tasted defeat since April 18 and has gone 9-0 in his last 11 starts. The knuckleballer has been even more impressive over his last six trips to the bump, going 6-0 with a 0.18 ERA, and hasn’t allowed an earned run over the last 42 2/3 innings - the best showing from a Mets pitcher since Dwight Gooden back in 1985.
Mark Buehrle, Miami Marlins (5-8, 3.82 ERA)
The Marlins’ big offseason acquisition isn’t living up to that contract, losing four straight starts heading into Sunday. Buehrle was beat up bad in his last outing, giving up six earned runs – including three home runs – to the Red Sox.
Hector Noesi, Seattle Mariners (2-8, 5.69 ERA)
The shine is coming off the M’s rookie starter. Noesi has dropped back-to-back starts and hasn’t won a game in eight straight appearances, dating back to May 6. The righty was hit for five runs over six innings in his latest effort, but he did manage to keep the ball in the park for the first time in five starts.